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Anthony Newley
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    (September 24, 1931-April 14, 1999)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was George Anthony Newley
    Appeared in the films 'Oliver Twist' (1948), 'Vice Versa' (1948), 'Don't Ever Leave Me' (1949), 'Above Us The Waves' (1955), 'X the Unknown' (1956), 'Doctor Dolittle' (1967), 'Sweet November' (1968), 'It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time' (1975), 'Alice in Wonderland' (1985), 'The Garbage Pail Kids Movie' (1987) and 'Boris and Natasha: The Movie' (1992)
    Starred in and co-wrote the musicals 'Stop the World - I Want to Get Off' (1962) and 'The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd' (1965)
    Wrote songs for the film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (1971)
    Recorded the albums 'Love Is a Now & Then Thing' (1960), 'Tony' (1961), 'Fool Britannia!' (1963), 'In My Solitude' (1964), 'Who Can I Turn To?' (1965), 'Newley Delivered' (1966), 'Newley Recorded' (1966), 'The Genius of Anthony Newley' (1966), 'The Romantic World of Anthony Newley' (1969), 'For You' (1970), 'Pure Imagination' (1971) and 'The Singer and His Songs' (1977)
    Wrote or co-wrote the songs 'What Kind of Fool Am I,' 'Goldfinger,' 'Who Can I Turn To,' 'Feeling Good' and 'The Candy Man'
    Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1989)
    He was a child star.
    He was 'kept' by an older man while making the transition into an adult career.
    He released an album of spoken poetry in which he and a female model appeared nude on the cover.
    He was married and divorced three times, most famously with Joan Collins.
    He had a daughter out of wedlock.
    He produced, directed, wrote and starred in the pretentious, X-rated musical 'Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?' (1968), which was named worst film of all time in a Chicago Tribune readers' poll (2006).
    He was left handed.
    A son from his first marriage died in infancy and his out-of-wedlock daughter died in a car accident.
    He won the 'Song of the Year' Grammy for 'What Kind of Fool Am I?' (1963)
    His vocal technique was an influence on early David Bowie and Johnny Depp in 'Sweeney Todd.'

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